Industry & Services >> CEO Interviews >> November 15, 2004
WADE THOMPSON – THOR INDUSTRIES INC (THO)
WADE F. B. THOMPSON co-founded Thor Industries, Inc. with Peter B.
Orthwein on August 29, 1980. Since that time the company has grown
through a combination of internal growth and acquisitions into the
largest manufacturer of recreation vehicles and mid-size buses. For the
year ended July 31, 2004, Thor sales and net income were $2.188 billion
and $106 million, respectively. On July 31, 2004, Thor had $199 million
cash and zero debt. Mr. Thompson is a trustee of the Municipal Art
Society and Mystic Seaport Museum. He is the founder of The Drive
Against Prostate Cancer and the Seventh Regiment Armory Conservancy. Profile
TWST: Could we begin with a brief historical sketch of the company and a
picture of the things you are doing at the present time?
Mr. Thompson: Thor Industries was founded in 1980; we're in